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Grateful Dead Live at Uptown Theater on 1978-02-01

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Grateful Dead Live at Uptown Theater on 1978-02-01

Topics Live concert

Jack Straw, Friend Of The Devil, Mama Tried-> Me & My Uncle, Ramble On Rose, Cassidy, Sunrise, Sugaree Samson & Delilah, It Must Have Been The Roses, Estimated Prophet-> He's Gone-> Drumz-> Jam-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Around and Around

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Uptown Theater
Location Chicago, IL

Source Soundboard
Lineage MSR> C> DATs> CDRs> EAC> SHN
Taped by
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MSR> C> DATs> CDRs> EAC> SHN; EAC/SHN by Mike (Dank Star) Parrillo; u/l via Darrin Sacks


Reviewer: lilrichwhiteboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2017
Subject: This Show Was A Complete Surprise!
I agree with Doug, njpg, and everybody else. This is a very good show. But what helps tremendously is that this is a great board, which can make or break collectibility. And yes, capn doubledose, Jerry's voice is shot - basically through most of the year. But tonight, he 's tolerable. God knows I've heard a whole lot worse. I really wasn't expecting anything out of February because of Jerry's laryngitis, but this show was a complete surprise. I wouldn't say it's X Factor, but it's certainly very collectible as a solid four stars... maybe sneaking into 4 1/2.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 3, 2017
Subject: --
A 5-star show gets the 4-star treatment - any enterprising deahead out there like to patch up Estimated and Wharf Rat?

Set 1 ends a little abruptly, but man, they sure cook it while the stove's on. Sugaree as a set closer? Hubba hubba...

Set 2's heart is really in all that jam following Drums (they were edging their way into "the formula" around this time), drawn way out into a totally discordant Other One - awesome, awesome Dead. Sounds like they still had one foot planted firmly in that fat, golden '77 sound. Also, check out that gorgeous little jam out of Estimated...

I'm happy with Keith's prominence in the mix here - Bobby's vocals are a little scant, but there's really little to complain about here aside from the board cuts.
Reviewer: Dandysan - - November 16, 2016
A broken water pipe closed down the Uptown Theatre back in the early 80's. The gem is still there waiting to be restored and I hope she is! I would love to see a show there!
This is a real solid show and it would have been grate to have been there. It's not a super long show but it more than makes up for it with energy!
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2016
Subject: We can share...
First off everyone on board singin at the conclusion of Jack Straw makes it one of the best one's I've heard.
Slow train Friend of the Devil-very tasty.
The Cowboy tunes rock tonight!
Ramble on Rose-Donna out of the comfort zone,
Cassidy-Real intense Blazing!
A missing SUNRISE???
Sugaree-I didn't realize this was the set closer?
What a cool idea! It just crossed my mind.
It makes the tune way more dramatic and intense
Dang! one of the better Sugaree's.
Jerry's voice in shape enough tonight for this!!!
Short but very energetic 1st set.
Give me SAMSON any night and every night!!!
ROSES-Mellow after rocker--- AkA- Trademark DEAD!
Estimated>He's Gone-
jumping Prophet,makes me wanna walk on water!
tried walkin on water, at least i did not drown..
mellow 'nothing gonna bring him back'...
Agree with those enjoying Donna's contribution
I felt previous night was strong for her as well
Right on with group effort on the vocals--SWEET!

Telegram for...LANDSHARK.
You know I really like when they just bash the drums (about 4 minutes in)
Garcia is already plugged in...
The songs are out of order on the tracks listing.
because it is He's Gone>Drums>Jam>Other1
And the jam is particularly nice and free flowing.
wow, they are sounding very good!!!
Good to hear Keith offering some counterpoint to Jerry and steamroller Phil Lesh...
Wow! What a cool intro for the Other ONE almost sounded like they might slip back into drums.
And they don't just rush it, they develop the piece and freakin build up momentum... Window Pane..Steal your Face...How much did you take...
Lays on me this rose... Trembles and explodes...
They got it rolling now!!!
This recording does have a few rough spots but overall very sweet,,, The Around x2 is a spicy hot encore. Not even a tune i even usually pay any mind but it is all Chuck Berry and Donna and Bob go ape on the lyrics,,, Weir does that stutter delivery which messes with my head,,,
All it needs is the Chula Vista Cruiser...
They want to play all night
Party at the Hotel...
Is Keith playing the keys with his toes
by the end of that tune?????
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2013
Subject: --
Although maybe not as brilliant as the previous night, this show has moments that are truly spectacular. One of the most remarkable things is that the vocal harmonies, Donna's voice included, are positively angelic throughout the 2nd set, and the He's Gone thru Wharf Rat--however excellent the instrumental work--is even better vocally. The drummers are having a brilliant night as well, and Weir is shining on rhythm. While I've heard better, this one is without question a keeper.
Reviewer: eaglessoar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2011
Subject: great show
great jack straw opener, ramble on rose good, cassidy great, they nail it, sugaree was superb really got going in there

second set post and pre drums is sure to satisfy, the pre other ones jam is awesome, wharf rat great
Reviewer: utopian - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2011
Subject: I love 78.... What a difference the bands hiatus made
77, 78 are like bread and butter, it doesn't get much better.

The sound is very nice and Jerry is really pushing the envelope from jack straw on...a minor flub in he's gone doesn't dampen the mood.

The night before may have more interesting setlists but this whole uptown run just sizzles, and I actually like them more than the more celebrated shows a few nights later in the month.

The 7 minute jam before otherone is nice
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 24, 2009
Subject: 2-1-78
Grate show. Good sound. Love all three nights equaly.
Reviewer: st stephen 11 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2009
Subject: mid west shows
The boys always did seem to put together fine shows in the mid west during that era. I only had the priveledge of seeing later mid west shows at Deer Creek and Alpine Valley, but this run at the Uptown is fine indeed. I agree, Sugaree.....After 250 plus shows from Englishtown on Labor Day 1977 to Spectrum shows in 1995, words cannot express how much the shows, and the whole experience is missed. Thank God for archives as it keeps this 47 year old busy and in a good mood everyday !!
Reviewer: 66 Bonneville - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 16, 2008
Subject: Between the Lines
Nice sound. Good shows always seemed to come out of this venue.

I like in the split second before Ramble On starts when Garcia says, "How much'd you take?"

Reviewer: ewvb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2008
Subject: sugaree!
great show--good sound--outstanding sugaree. I miss the boys...
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 15, 2005
Subject: Very nice
Other one has a great jam and the whole show is very solid - but like alot of '78's Garcia's voice is shot.
Reviewer: dcain - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 19, 2005
Subject: Great
Very crisp recording. Some of the best vocal performances you will hear in 1978 (the acapella in He's Gone is fantastic; and a powerful ensemble sing in "Roses").

Garcia is on, but not quite the Beethoven he reels off in the shows to come (2-3 and 2-5).

My download resulted in He's Gone dissolving into Drums, with a tapping out of notes that is a couple shy of the Close Encounter theme. Drums is short; a few minutes in, Phil takes a solo.

Out of this we get get a interesting, energetic, tight little jam. Appears the band didn't need much of a break this night. Halfway through, Garcia switches over to a wah'd sound.

At 6:24 he whips out a neat little theme that feels like he's going somewhere 1-22. Then suddenly around 7:19, everyone drops out, and it's a Phil solo again. Then drums; is it Dancin'?

And away they go, whirling dervishly into The Other One.

At 9 minutes it scatters into a spacey jam with Jerry again noodling vaguely around that 1-22-style stuff, but it's into Wharf Rat...
Reviewer: skwimite - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 13, 2005
Subject: too much pianer
Only streaming through computer speakers at the moment, but the piano is way too prominent for my taste. Like a persistant mosquito, just when I relax a bit, it comes back to annoy. Vocals sound a bit distant, but certainly a good performance. Nice Cassidy and Sugaree(there's that damn piano again)and the drummers are really on! Definately worth a listen. Not sure about downloading. 4 ana half stars for performance/2 stars for tinkling ivories, but decide for yourself.
Reviewer: FTH - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2005
Subject: The better show was January 31
I was at all the Uptown shows and 1/31 was clearly the best of all three.
Listen and see for yourself.
Reviewer: dlojam - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 18, 2005
Subject: precious musical artifact
For as old as this show is, it has such a clear sound. The vocals are impressively clear. The dead mixed it up really well in this show.
Reviewer: Spelunki - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2004
Subject: Reality Check
Yes, this is a good sounding show, and the Jack Straw makes me prance in my undies.

However, the first part of Estimated Prophet is missing, and Wharf Rat has a nasty cut in the lyrics. Just a heads up.
Reviewer: samson320 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 29, 2004
Subject: damn, u guys aint lyin
this is a hell of a show, great everything , maybe the best around+around ive ever heard
Reviewer: jillymom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 5, 2004
Subject: good
good sound
Reviewer: johnnyg3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2004
Subject: a must have
all the elements that make a show work. The sound quality is surperb. Set II with something for everyone. Very nic.
Reviewer: deluder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2004
Subject: Wow, nough said!
The show is awesome. I used to listen to this tape often in college (class of 85). Problem was the tape was copied so many times that Jerry sounded like a chipmunk.

This recording is perfect, the song mix is delightful, and the band is on all the way through. They play off each other in the nicewst of ways. The show brought goose bumps to my skin and tears to my eyes. And yes that Suger Mag is one of my absolute favorites. It lifts the soul.

This one actually got me to make a donation, I hope it gets you to send in some cash too!
Reviewer: Krabcake O. Canada - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2004
Subject: Peak night on a peak tour
This is an undercirculated, underrated classic-type show on a crispy soundboard. 2/1/78 capped off a great Uptown Theater run. Along with the surrounding shows (1/22/78 through the Dicks Picks 18 shows just following this one), it represents a pinnacle of sorts for the Dead and the end of an era.

Set 1 is solid. A couple spectacular highlights are provided by a crisp, ripping Jack Straw opener and a short but explosive Sugaree. The Set 2 jam that runs from Estimated through Sugar Mag sparkles end to end, with each song being among the best versions I've ever heard. High points: the free jam out of Drums, Wharf Rat's effortless coalescence of a out of a melty space, and my personal favorite Sugar Magnolia. It starts out slow but funky, chugging along, gathering momentum, then exploding into a vicious, psycho-Jerry rock-and-roll jam which begs you to play it loud.

The vocals are spot-on throughout this show (even Donna!) and the sound quality is fabulous -- as Jerry whips out distorted licks, one can get a feel what it was like in the theater that night as some of the room amibience seeps into the soundboard.
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